Many visitors come annually to Japan just to see the flowers, especially the famous sakura trees, blooming during the spring season.

The sakura (cherry blossoms) in Japan are probably the most popular flowers and lots of people from abroad book a flight just to see the many shades of pink announcing the beginning of spring in Japan.

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However, many don’t know there are many other flowers you can see in spring that offer a splendid landscape painted in rainbow colors. Also, the flowers marking the beginning of the spring are plum blossoms, not sakura!

Below, I will introduce you to the many other types of flowers that bloom during spring and where and when you can enjoy seeing them.

Plum Blossoms (Ume Blossoms)

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From Late February to Early March, the plum blossoms let us know that spring is coming and many places in Japan have ume festivals where you can go, prepare a bento(lunch) box and admire the delicate and fragrant flowers.

The blooming ume trees can be seen in many areas around Japan and some of my recommendations are:

1. Yushima Tenjin

This is one of my favorite places to enjoy hanami (flower viewing) because of its serene atmosphere that calms me down every time I go. During the ume season, there is traditional music and many performances you can enjoy and the view of plum blossoms and shrine all together make a perfect picture.

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2. Atami Baien Plum Garden

Atami Baien Plum Garden has many things to offer and a few of those are footbaths, the nice fragrance of the flowers and an idyllic view given by the beautiful ume trees in spring. You can also take part in many events and have a taste of the local cuisine while there.


3. Odawara Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)

A magnificent view of Fuji Mountain and plum blossoms can be seen in Odawara City, one of the top places to visit in Japan during spring!


Sakura Trees (cherry blossoms)

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Cherry Blossoms are the purpose of many of the visitors that come during spring to visit Japan and one of the most famous places you can see beautiful sakura is Hirosaki.

You will be awed by the sakura in the Hirosaki Park and you can enjoy Hanami (flower viewing) not only during the day but also at night!

The fascinating scenery will captivate you and make your trip worth it!

Sakura season can be enjoyed in March, however, in northern areas such as Aomori or Hokkaido, you can view them from late April to May.

Sakura in Enoshima- copyright cinnamonellie

Other locations I recommend for hanami are Yoyogi Park, Shinbayashi Park in Enoshima, Danzakura way and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura.

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From Late April to Early May, you can view the stunning flowers of wisteria and one of the most famous places to go to is the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi.



From Late April to Early May, you can see various colors of tulips and Japan has many places you can enjoy the rainbow carpet of the flowers. I recommend Doitsu Mura (German Village) and Tonami Tulip Park in Toyama Prefecture.


Rapeseed blooms from Mid-March to Early April and the yellow fields can be seen in the Hamarikyu Gardens or the more countryside Japan.


Creeping Phlox

These flowers bloom from April to May and the most famous place to enjoy the pink blooms is Fuji Shibazakura Festival.


Besides the flowers mentioned above, in spring you can also see poppies, roses, nemophila flowers that bloom around late April to late May.

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I also recommend going to Hitachi Seaside Park as you can find a variety of flowers blooming in late spring and there are many attractions and delicious food you can try out during your trip.

Hitachi Seaside Park is very famous for its red Kochia and cosmos flowers that bloom in autumn. So, if you don’t make it this spring, don’t worry because there are plenty of flowers and beautiful landscapes all season.

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Especially at Hitachi Seaside Park, you will find many flowers blooming every season.


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